Lucknow: Amid anger over the attack of two dry fruit sellers from Kashmir in Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow, it is the residents of the city that the men are most thankful to.
The two dry fruit sellers from Kashmir, who were beaten with sticks and threatened by a group of men from a fringe right-wing group in Lucknow on Wednesday, were rescued by a few local residents of the city. Four of the attackers have been arrested after videos of the attack were widely shared.
Mohammed Afzal Naik and Abdul Salaam expressed their gratitude to the passers-by who rushed to their rescue when they were being beaten up and harassed by the saffron-clad men on a busy road in central Lucknow’s Daliganj.
“They (attackers) said we are terrorists. We were told that we sell items here and throw stones there. They started thrashing us. They asked for our Aadhaar cards. We showed it to them,” Mohammed Afzal Naik said, describing the traumatic moments before the media and the police.
Speaking about the passers-by, Mr Naik said, “They’re good. Those people saved us. They told the men that it is upto the police to speak to us. They had reached before the police.”
This is a very unfortunate and one-off incident which has happened. We will crack down on such incidents with the entire force of the law. Nobody is above the law and nobody can target innocent citizens like this… The strongest possible action will be taken to target innocent Kashmiris,” senior police officer Anand Kumar said.